Are you thinking about starting a new fitness routine?

Summer is in full swing and you may be thinking about starting up a new workout routine to prepare yourself for a trip or you may be looking for an alternative to your regular workout regime now that the kids are out of school.  Before you dive into a new program head first, there are 7 questions that you should ask yourself.  I learned these from a highly influential person in the fitness industry, Thomas Plummer. 

#1  What is the real reason I want to get started?

Telling your fitness professional you are there for one reason when you are really there for another could lead to failure and disappointment with results.

#2  Do I understand that I get what I pay for?

Paying $10 a month gets you $10 a month of fitness, which means no support, no accountability, and figuring things out on your own.  If you want sophisticated help you need to pay for it from a real dedicated professional with experience.

#3  Do I realize that there is no magic workout, pill, special exercise or piece of equipment that will get me in shape in one hour?

It took years to get out of shape. Magic cannot overcome a poor diet and lack of exercise. 

#4  Am I truly honest with myself as to the physical, mental, and emotional condition I am in at this point in my life?

#5  Do I understand that what I did in my glory days most likely will not work on a body that is older and a metabolism that is slower?

#6  Am I willing to commit to a true professional and understand that fitness is not something I do for 6 weeks and am cured?

Committing means that this will be something that is a lifetime journey that will have all the highs and lows of any long-term relationship.

#7  Do I understand what "intensity in fitness" means and that there is no fit without sweat and no lean without commitment.  

The fitness world would be a better place if personal reflection was a part of the initial process.  It would help expectations be realistic, goals be realistic and attainable, and increase overall motivation.  So what are you waiting for, answer these questions and get started on your fit journey today!

Credit: Thomas Plummer

Thomas Plummer has been working in the fitness business for over 30 years.  He has authored six books on the business of fitness, which have remained the bestselling books in the industry for over 12 years, and has participated in numerous speaking engagements, lectures, and workshops worldwide.